Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Rory falls short

Well, that's all she wrote for the Vote for Rory campaign, but the embers of the debate are still burning around the 'net today. Mike Brophy, Eric Duhatschek and even little ol' me weighed in on the Rory Fitzpatrick madness of the past six weeks at Globe on Hockey today.

As I've said a few times before, however, don't expect this type of thing to happen again the next time around: I think the NHL has learned its lesson.


At 6:29 PM, January 10, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

What's Mike Brophy's deal? If don't think guys like Rory should go despite the fact that there were plenty of votes, why have fan voting at all? It's clearly not so much an "All star" game as it is a "popularity" game. If it was an all star game, players would just be granted passage according to statistics.

"Internet geeks?" Give me a break.

At 7:50 PM, January 10, 2007, Anonymous Scott said...

I'm not sure if this was the most pressing lesson the NHL needed to learn. Howsabout they they learn that "Field of Dreams" isn't a model for placing new franchises.

At 8:40 PM, January 10, 2007, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

I'm surprised it took this long for something like the "Rory" campaign to take place. Some fans in the past were stuffing the internet ballot box in the past for their favourite players.

At 8:56 PM, January 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't they just release the names of the all-stars one month before the game and have fans pick the starters?

Everybody wins!

At 11:32 PM, January 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the quest to send an "everyman" NHL'er to the ASG, one would be led to assume that such an "everyman" would politely refuse such a twisted honour. Kudos to Rory for killing this thing by saying he wouldn't have gone.

What's next, electing a dishwasher for Prime Minister? He might look less out of place than a journeyman defenseman amongst the games elite!

For myself, the "Story of Rory" was much more about the power of the internet than the player. There could be a very positive slant to this, and it could be put to much better use. Power in numbers need not be used in such futility,

Imagine the idea of doing something good with this mass of rabid fanaticism, then sitting back and taking some pride in it!

It might not be as cynically bent as this Rory thing was, but it would make a way better case for interner fans and bloggers to be a more respected voice.

With this notion, I wrote a post called "Bloggers Can Aim Higher Than Rory" - to make the point. You can find it at this link:

At 11:33 PM, January 10, 2007, Blogger Wardo said...

Duhatschek's argument that the fans "want to see new faces" is legitimate so long as the votes tabulated for Fitzpatrick actually represent the number of people who voted for him.

But since it was clear from the beginning that the process was hijacked by a small group of "fans" wanting to laugh at the league, his argument is groundless. How can it be argued that this is a grassroots movement representing a trend in general fan interest when voters on various websites are bragging about stuffing the online voting box with thousands of votes? This entire thing was kept alive by a handful of people with too much time on their hands.

It would be interesting if ISP's to the ballot box could looked up to see exactly how many individual people actually voted for Rory...

I'm just glad I'll never hear about this guy again.

At 8:35 AM, January 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a waste of bandwidth, voting hundreds of times a day! Hope these nerds learned their lesson...

At 11:39 AM, January 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, and Fitzpatrick fans were the only ones stuffing ballot boxes. And they were all "computer geeks".

To quote a certain know-it-all: gimmee a break.

Damn those computer geeks anyway, they should just go back to their computers and leave hockey alone!

At 11:09 AM, February 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

come on fitzpatrik he sucks compared to phanuef and nydermiar they are the greaets notd some stupid fitzpatrik


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